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1242- 004 Bill Colboure                                   

On Sunday 14th April 2019 in the Birch Hotel
Lewes Road, Haywards Heath


 The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Sussex

Presented
The Godalming
Operatic Society

In Excerpts from

Trial by Jury

and a full concert performance of
HMS Pinafore


The twenty five Members of GOS entertained a full house (some who were late with their bookings had to be turned away) to a most enjoyable afternoon of G&S with the cast in lovely costumes and excellent voices.

DRAMATIS PERSONAE H.M.S. PINAFORE

THE RT HON.SIR JOSEPH PORTER KCB Alec Evans

CAPTAIN CORCORAN (Commanding H.M.S. Pinafore) Ian Henderson

RALPH RACKSTRAW (Able Seaman) Tim Dutton

DICK DEAD EYE (Able Seaman) Richard Arthur

BILL BOBSTAY (Boatswain's Mate) Andrew Ellison

BOB BECKET (Carpenter's Mate) Paul Tickner

JOSEPHINE (The Captain's Daughter) Katie Plummer

MRS CRIPPS (Little Buttercup) Kay Thorpe

HERE (Sir Joseph's First Cousin) Melanie Bright

CHORUS OF FIRST LORD'S SISTERS, HIS COUSINS AND HIS AUNTS

Chris Howard, Charlotte Choi, Barbara Hubble,
Rosie Clarke, Cathy Payne, Janet Hughes, Mary Childs

CHORUS OF SAILORS

Jeff Holliday, Chris Millard, Julian Hubble, Piers Plummer,
Nathan Morley, David Hughes, Dan Clarke

THE PRODUCTION AND MUSIC TEAM

Director  Richard Arthur

Pianist Jean Stevens

Costumes Elizabeth Atkinson and Rosie Clarke

Stage Manager Jill O'Regan

TRIAL BY JURY MEDLEY – Principal parts played by members of the cast

HMS Pinafore or The Lass That Loved a Sailor

Opening at the Opera Comique in London on 25 May 1878, the opera ran for 571 performances, the second-longest run of any musical theatre piece up to that time. HMS Pinafore was Gilbert and Sullivan's fourth operatic collaboration and their first international sensation.

Gilbert's father had been a naval surgeon and the nautical theme of the opera appealed to him. He always wanted to ensure that the costumes and sets were as realistic as possible so, when preparing the sets in April 1878, Gilbert visited Portsmouth to make sketches of HMS Victory and HMS St Vincent from which the stage carpenters derived the final sets.

One of Gilbert's favourite comic themes was the elevation of an unqualified person to a position of high responsibility. Despite his disclaimer, audiences and critics identified Sir Joseph Porter with W H Smith, who was MP for Westminster from 1868 to 1885, and had risen from a newsboy to be First Lord of the Admiralty having neither military nor nautical experience!

Trial by Jury

The origins of Trial by Jury began in 1868 when Gilbert wrote a single-page illustrated comic piece for the magazine Fun entitled Trial by Jury: An Operetta. Drawing on his training as a barrister, the absurdities of a case of breach of promise where the judge and jury fall in love with the plaintiff was just the sort of thing to amuse and inspire him. In early 1875 D'Oyly Carte, who was managing the Royalty Theatre, needed a short opera as an additional piece to Offenbach's La Perichole. He remembered Trial by Jury and advised Gilbert to read his comic operetta to Sullivan. The result was a witty and sparkling opera, composed and rehearsed in a matter of weeks. It premiered on 25 March 1875 when it initially ran for 131 performances.

Trial byJury is the only G & S one act opera and the only theatrical work by W S Gilbert without spoken dialogue.






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Pianist - Jean Stevens

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Josephine
Katie Plumer

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The Right Hon Sir Joseph Porter -     Ralph Rackstraw -

         Alec Evans                                Tim Dutton

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The Right Hon Sir Joseph Porter -                         Hebe - Melanie Bright

                             Alec Evans


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Captain Corcoran - Ian Henderson

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“Dick Deadye” Richard Arthur
Bill Colbourne                                   

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Little Buttercup Kay - Thorpe

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       “Dick Deadye”                             Laurence Leng
      Richard Arthur

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       The Cast